Hygiene guide of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena

updated on 22 March2020

Avoid infection

What do I have to consider to protect myself and my fellows from an infection?

  • Always keep at least 2 m distance from other people.
  • Do not face the other person directly, but "talk past each other" — spit can fly very far.
  • Avoid any physical contact, e.g. shaking hands when welcoming or handing over documents.
  • If this is not possible, wash your hands after each physical contact. Especially avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands!
  • If possible, arrange meetings by telephone or video conferencing. If this is not possible, meet in well-ventilated rooms, keep meetings as short as possible and ensure that the necessary safety distance is maintained. Always leave a seat free. Meetings should only take place in small groups (maximum 5 people).
  • If possible, work in separate offices or use workstations that are as far apart as possible (at least 2 m).
  • Provide air circulation several times a day for a few minutes by intense ventilation.
  • When using shared objects/devices (e.g. microscope, keyboards, mouse, etc.): Clean your hands thoroughly before and after. And before and after use, wipe the objects/devices with a disinfecting cloth if possible.
  • In laboratories: Keep a distance of at least 2 m here as well — but continue to pay attention to occupational safety and the specified minimum number of employees in laboratories with hazardous substances.
  • Personal utensils, especially crockery, cutlery and similar items, should not be shared with others.
  • If possible, take your meals alone (e. g. in the office).
  • Ensure hygiene in shared areas, e.g. in tea kitchens. Ideally use disposable cloths for cleaning and washing up. Regularly clean/disinfect areas that are used by many people, such as door handles, elevator buttons, etc., and if possible, use your forearm or elbow to operate them.
  • If possible, do not use public transport to get to work, but prefer to cycle, walk or drive your own car.

Cleaning your hands

When should I wash my hands?

  • after entering the building or when arriving at the work place
  • after using the toilet
  • after cleaning your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • after contact with waste
  • before meals or before and after the preparation of meals (e.g. during the break)
  • before handling medicines or cosmetics (e.g. creams, lip care etc.)
  • before and after physical contact with colleagues, if this cannot be avoided

How to wash properly?

  1. Put your hands under running water. The water temperature has no influence on reducing pathogens.
  2. Soap your hands thoroughly for about 20 to 30 seconds (palms, backs of the hands, fingertips, finger gaps, thumbs, fingernails). If possible, use liquid soaps in sufficient quantity.
  3. Rinse hands under running water. Use a disposable towel or your elbow to close the tap.
  4. Dry your hands carefully and ideally with disposable towels — don't forget the space between your fingers!

Hygiene for coughing and sneezing

How can I protect my fellows from infection?

  • When coughing or sneezing, move as far away from other people as possible and turn you away.
  • Use a disposable handkerchief! Use it only once and then ideally dispose of it in a bin with a lid. Wash your hands afterwards (see above)!
  • If no handkerchief is available, cough or sneeze in the crook of your arm, not in your hand!
  • If you suffer from a dry cough, possibly even in combination with fever, stay home and call for medical advice as soon as possible!

Thank you for following these rules. Stay healthy!

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